Carroll County Unemployment Down To 9.1%

Three Rivers’ unemployment rate declines to 9.1 percent in August

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region decreased to 9.1 percent in August, down 2.0 percent from 11.1 percent in July. The rate was 10 percent in August a year ago.

The rate dropped because there was a significant reduction in layoffs. There were 2,095 new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance, which are 3,327, or 61.4 percent, fewer than the 5,422 in July. Much of the decline came in manufacturing, with additional reductions in trade, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, accommodations and food services, and construction.

Over-the-year, the number of initial claims was down by 396, or 15.9 percent, from 2,491 in August 2012. Reductions were mostly in manufacturing, administrative and support services, construction, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services. 

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined by 6,912 to 233,977 in August, down from 240,889 in July. However, it was up by 1,686 from 232,291 in August 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.9 percent. 

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in July. The rate was 9.0 percent in August a year ago.
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